Some people arrive at the homeless shelters that Path of Life Ministries operate in Riverside with empty stomachs.
“Sometimes they say that’s the first full meal they’ve had in a couple of days,” said assistant director Inez Fraijo.
Little Caesars filled many bellies Thursday night, June 4. A local franchise donated 40 large cheese and pepperoni pizzas to Path of Life for dinner at its two shelters. One shelter houses single adults and the other is for families. The pizzas could feed up to 160 people.
The pizzas came out of the Love Kitchen, a 58-foot long truck that driver and operator Rick Moreno parked out front on the street. Little Caesars franchisee Seraj Haque donated all of the ingredients and provided three employees who prepared and baked the pizzas in the truck, which is basically a kitchen on wheels.
Little Caesars sends the Love Kitchen all over the country and into Canada, mainly in response to disasters, including 2012’s Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast and the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. When not otherwise occupied, the kitchen visits places such as homeless shelters that serve people in need. It was at a food pantry in Hemet in May and at Path of Life two years ago.
The Love Kitchen has grown to two trucks – one for the East Coast and one for the West Coast – since Little Caesars launched the operation in 1985. More than three million people have been fed, according to the company.
Toni Adkins, director of Path of Life, said as a nonprofit, the ministry depends on donations and volunteer labor.
Around 12 volunteers from The Grove Community Church served the Little Caesars pizza. Members of the Riverside church are at the shelter six days a month. Typically, they provide the food, cook it and serve it.
The generosity and kindness shown by Seraj Haque is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar. Haque demonstrates that we are a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.
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